Voulez Vous La Machine – ABBA vs Pink Floyd

tbc aka Instamatic - Voulez Vous La Machine (ABBA vs Pink Floyd) mashup bootleg bastard pop cover

You never knew Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid had a progressive rock side did you? Here they team up in a large plexiglass pyramid with the `Floyd and Welcome you to the Master Scene, the Voulez Vous Machine, sil vous plait. (My pre-GCSE French is failing at this point monsewer)

And there’s something deliciously icy bout putting them over progressive rock….also the lyrics oddlly mesh with Welcome To The Machine, maybe from the other side, but they sound so robotic here that it feels like the Machine is talking:

“Ain’t no big decision (ah-ha)
You know what to do (ah-ha)
La question c’est voulez-vous
Voulez-vous…

…you know the rules, you know the game
Master of the scene
We’ve done it all before and now we’re back to get some more
You know what I mean

Actually disco and prog did crossover, usually via Alan Parson’s Project and naughty Italian disco booltegs and a few strange Mike Oldfield disco covers (yes stranger than Pink Project).

Even Soft Machine had a go? As did Can and of course famously Floyd themselves.

tbc aka Instamatic – Voulez Vous La Machine (ABBA vs Pink Floyd)

Bad Holiday Goes On And On (Ed Sheeran vs Madonna vs The Whispers)

Instamatic Bad Holiday Goes On And On (Ed Sheeran vs Madonna vs Madonna vs The Whispers) mashup

As premiered (accidentally) on Bootie Mashup Listening stream because Adriana thought it was a festive holidays mash…it sort of is, sort of isn’t, it started as a festive mash and became an entry for the Disco Challenge. I’ve tightened it up since, so this is a new version as I wanted it to be perfect.

Looking to see if the combo had been done before I found that Holiday vs The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On had (DIsco Purrfection represent!), but the others have not, surprisingly given the current ever-present 80’s references – Bad Habits vs Holiday hasn’t been done either.

And then found that Madonna pretty much sampled herself with a Hard Candy era track called Beat Goes On with backing vocals by Pharrell which makes reference to her previous work and Whispers tangentially (I didn’t use the bits from a certain rapper who is cancelled in my world – thankfully so given recent evenrs) so it’s also a Madge vs Madge mashup as well!

It should have been made for the Confidence Challenge – I do that a lot, make the perfect track for the previous week’s challenge in the new one – as Will Powers said, ‘Dancing For Mental Health’ – Ed’s song about the devils of nightlife, drugs and partying paired with he messages between the four tracks do mesh – about being positive and confronting adversity vs bad habits and old behaviours. It’s like a couch session in mashup form! Freud is IN and on the dancefloor!

I tried to bolster that with the juxtapositions. I actually find multi-mashes really hard as I focus on narrative flow A LOT and it’s hard to get that flow right the more tracks you add. I think this one works really well, but took a lot of fiddling and dropping things in and out and sequencing. It’s supposed to be like an old disco medley….and I felt there was enough of the backing vocals and other Madonna not to bring the original vocals in.

Have to say – not a massive Ed fan but like T-Swift his tracks are really fun to mash and his pop songs are good.

And not a single MC Miker G & DJ Sven in sight! I tried to delete that from my memory with my mashup – didn’t work.

Again thanks to Ian Fondue for the feedback on this – Madge is a nightmare to tune, all that auto-tune and studio trickery – and added the 80’s OOK synthage I have tended to feel her early work is cursed for me…hopefully I’ve broken that curse?

Instamatic – Bad Holiday Goes On And On (Disco Medley version) (Ed Sheeran vs Madonna vs Madonna vs The Whispers)

Pagan Weeknd (Die For Your Poetry) (The Weeknd vs Björkj

The Weeknd Die For You vs Bjork - Pagan Poetry mashup tbc Instamatic

For AA.

“a secret code carved…”

And the moodymashes haven’t gone away….they just got shelved for the festive and disco fare which is also posted very soon or elsewhere!. .

Some songs just trigger an immediate personal reaction, like going straight back to where I was. Pagan Poetry was one, a difficult time where I was in love with someone I should not have been, and he’s long gone to a distant Valhalla – or more likely Helheim. The Björk song reminded me of him and works really well with Die For You, which has similar themes of darkness and uncertainty. Hence I wanted to reflect that sound of whispers, secret codes, the claustrophobia and yearning, the darkness and light.

To say this The Weeknd’s Die For You vs Bjork – Pagan Poetry mash is highly personal and just done for me to express something I can’t express in words…is an understatement. I nearly didn’t post it for those reasons….it’s skirting too close to the wind. Layers upon layers of what I reveal (or don’t), secret codes, whispers, ghosts – that’s what I put into this. It’s odd for someone who seems to be an open book, there are chapters that are firmly glued shut. A dark horse hiding out as a unicorn.

After I made it I found out the Weeknd song is big on The TikToks. Shame I’m not really one to post there after having 2 of my videos immediately pulled.

I thought that doing this might give some resolution, exorcise the memories but turns out, it doesn’t work like that. It feels too naked and revealing, but maybe other people can relate?

tbc aka Instamatic – Pagan Weeknd (Die For Your Poetry) (The Weeknd vs Björk)

Mama Cass vs Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop Making Your Kind Of Music

Given the sad death of Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, I thought I’d post this old mashup here, with a positive message – yes don’t stop making your kind of music!

Instamatic Don't Stop Making Your Kind Of Music Mama Cass vs Fleetwood Mac  Christine McVie mashup

An unusual thing – a mashup that isn’t related to a challenge!

A friend told me the title (in not exact words) because I was unhappy with where my mashups were going and also the tumbleweed reception some of them get. So when I was messing with Fleetwood Mac instrumentals (quelle surprise) I realised another one worked with one of my favourite songs – Mama Cass’s Make Your Own Kind Of Music and that Don’t Stop would be a perfect musical and thematic fit.

So this is a message to you all – make your own kind of mashups, music, remixes – and screw the algorithm and the viral ‘fame’ – as long as you’re happy, then anything else is an extra.

Instamatic – Don’t Stop Making Your Kind Of Music (Mama Cass vs Fleetwood Mac)

3 New Taylor Swift Midnights Mashups

Really digging Midnights, the new-ish album by Taylor Swift atm and obsessed by the songs Anti-Hero, You’re On Your Own, Kid, and Snow On The Beach. I’m only on track 11 cos I keep stopping to make mashups of the album. Even DJNoNo got in on the act! At this rate I’ll have an album….

I first heard Anti-Hero via a mashup by Aggro1 – which I played on the latest podcast, it’s my favourite mashup of this year so far. The whole bit about midnights being your afternoon and depression resonated so much, I named the latest podcast after it.

tbc aka Instamatic - High And Dry Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift vs Radiohead) cover mashup

Almost….so I had a go myself with Radiohead’s High And Dry – I started this late Wednesday night after the Bootie Mashup Talk ended, but spent far too long fiddling with the echoes and vocal production that LeeDM101 beat me to it. Great minds, etc. It did feel rather obvious, I almost released this as a Captain Obvious track but he doesn’t do downtempo….more of him later.

tbc aka Instamatic – High And Dry Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift vs Radiohead)

DJNoNo - Last Waltz Kid cover DJNoNo- The Last Waltz Kid (Taylor Swift vs Englebert Humperdinck)

As I said DJNoNo wanted a go at the Taylor Swift mashathon so he chose ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’ with Englebert Humperdinck’s The Last Waltz as a sort of palette cleanser to the serious nature of the other mashes, and was actually released first. The theme of being singularly alone and reliant on yourself appeals to DJNoNo, it’s very him, and it made him smile. A lot of nostalgia in this one.

DJNoNo – The Last Waltz Kid (Taylor Swift vs Englebert Humperdinck)

And finally given that I was beaten by Lee on the other one, I rush released my Christmas Festive Sadbanger, which was waiting for December but Xmas has come early this year! It almost had Elvis in it – Silver Bells works quite well, but given the possible legal nightmare of an Eagles mash, I didn’t want to make it worse by adding Elvis to it (both are very litigious copyright-wise, Don Henley copystriked one of my mashups, he hates them).

It was partly inspired by Adriana’s excellent Dorothea Goes Home For The Holidays but I personally could never do a Coldplay mashup…so Cold Patrol / Snowplay is the next best thing! My first Snow Patrol mashup, actually.

I’ve talked many times about how bittersweet But for a sad festive mashup, it’s weirdly hopeful and magical….I did not intend that, honest. I wanted to make the best Xmas roll credits mashup ever, but the longing and loss is in there most from Please Come Home This Christmas – ‘I will be happy…once again’ and ‘there’ll be no more sorrow, no grief and pain’ – big hopes for many this Christmas, but sadly I know it probably won’t be true. For many, will have the blues this Christmas.

And yes, a collab between tbc and Captain Obvious!

tbc vs Captain Obvious - Snow Patrol On The Beach ( Chasing Eagles At Xmas) mashup cover

tbc vs Captain Obvious – Snow Patrol On The Beach (Chasing Eagles At Christmas) (Eagles vs Taylor Swift vs Snow Patrol)

Thanks to Ian Fondue and ToTom for advice for this and the Radiohead one. It’s a bit rough, and I might put out a V2 before Xmas, we’ll see if I spot anything major with it.

Instamatic - Sympathy for the Mastermind (Taylor Swift vs Rolling Stones) mashup

And BONUS! Yes I did a fourth mashup of that album – Taylor Swift Mastermind vs Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil – I had fun making Taylor the devil! Also total feels on the ‘no-one would play with me’ line.

Instamatic – Sympathy for the Mastermind (Taylor Swift vs Rolling Stones) mashup

Emotional Mashup 2: Elliott Smith & Heatmiser

I am a mahoosive fan of Elliott Smith and his former band Heatmiser and weirdly until this year I have never mashed or remixed his work. His chords and keys are quite complex, although as I found if you go back to what he cribbed (the Beatles mainly) you can sidestep that. Also until the rise of AI extraction – we had no acapellas or stems. Now the world is our oyster! So here are three Elliott Smith mashups – well Heatmiser really.

tbc aka Instamatic - Plainclothes Ticket Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs The Carpenters) mashup

WINNER of the Crumplbanger Challenge!

The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups. 

I chose Plainclothes Man cos it’s my favourite Elliott song, I indeed used to dream in black and white for decades (and used to do film photography, developing etc) so, that lyric hit me like a brick, I totally know what he means about gradual decline and photographs not only documenting that but reminding you of happier times. I don’t like looking at my old photos for this reason.

So to make it REALLY hard, I decided to have not one but two tracks with tempo/bar issues (one is pre click track helpfully with no drums in most of it, yeah, classic unequal bar length stuff, weirdly at the same points which helped, also I only have Lite so I can’t do fancy ‘Follow BPM’ so if someone suggests that, they can pay for my copy of Studio :-P), and also some fun extraction gremlins which I kind of tried to make a sort of feature interweaving the vocals…so it sounds less unintentional. 

I also had to do a lot of hopefully subtle sneaky re-ordering.for key/sequencing reasons that you might spot if you know the Carpenters track well but hopefully it’s not obvious.

Also I worked out how you beat Elliott’s musical tricks – go to the homework he cribbed 🙂

tbc aka Instamatic – Plainclothes Ticket Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs The Carpenters)

tbc aka Instamatic - Autumn Man (Elliott Smith vs Ed Sheeran) mashup cover

The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups. 

My favourite Elliott track is Not Half Right which I mashed with Billie Eilish, but my second is Plainclothes Man, partly cos of the ‘I dream in black and white’ line cos I used to do just that for decades…it’s a bit of a cheat cos it’s a Heatmiser track, but he covered it later solo.

In my head this isn’t a massive genre clash, but it’s an era clash and indie vs pop. Not a fan of Ed’s but this does work mood wise. I tried to redirect the purpose of the Ed Sheeran track about his friend to be about my feelings re: Elliott, still gutted he’s gone…and the 747 line and the mashup cover are both a reference to the cover of Mic City Sons album, where this song is from.

tbc aka Instamatic – Autumn Man (Elliott Smith vs Ed Sheeran)

tbc aka Instamatic -Not Lovely Or Half Right (Elliott Smith vs Billie EIlish & Khalid) mashup cover

Another one for the Crumplbanger Discord Challenge – (I usually avoid making these melancholic mashes unless I am drunk) emotional mashups – and I made the most depressing mashup EVAH! Go me. It’s about my depression, mixing Billie Eilish & Khalid’s lovely with Elliott Smith’s Half Right (although officially this is the Heatmiser version).

Cheery. This is the sound playing 24/7 in my head though, why I create silly mashups to drown it out.

Image is Mini Dall-E’s ‘idea’ of Eillott and Eilish together. Weirdly even munged like that, it looks like them.

tbc aka Instamatic –Not Lovely Or Half Right (Elliott Smith vs Billie EIlish & Khalid)

Disco Mashups – Gossip vs Gloria Gaynor & Lady Gaga vs Chic & Dua Lipa

Since Sowndhaus has gone done a few times recently including last night, it’s reminded me of the massive backlog of tunes I never posted here – mostly challenge tunes, but all good pieces including these two queer disco mashups for Crumplbangers Discord challenge.

Disco mashups - We Are Physically Born This Way (Lady Gaga vs Dua Lipa vs Sister Sledge) Standing In The Way of Survival (Gossip vs Gloria Gaynor) mashups

I think have got better and better in the last year or so of challenges – tempted to make an album, but first I need to post around 6-8 months (!) worth of work here. Not everything, but all the good or interesting ones….they need to have a home if Sowndhaus goes down for good. It’s a chore to post them here…but luckily they do have artwork and blurbs, so that’s not too bad.

And these were my first mashups on the new laptop….

Our barricades are our dancefloors, our resistance is queer joy.

Surprised no-one in the challenge used these tracks – nor has made this mashup (AFAIK – did a quick Google and YT and Bootie Mashup DB search, but didn’t spend hours looking…so apologies if it’s an accidental reboot) but this is an obvious quick Av sB joining new and old queer anthems – I Will Survive from the pre-AIDS disco era and until today, and Gossip’s Standing In The Way of Control which is the same theme for my generation.

Captain Obvious – Standing In The Way of Survival (Gossip vs Gloria Gaynor)

Created for the recent Crumplbangers Challenge from DJ Firth and oki who wanted us to create a confidence inspiring song with pride – well Pride came early, as I wanted to create a defiantly queer banger to resist what’s going on in Qatar and the sad shooting at Club Q in Colorado, echoes of Pulse – and it was Trans Day of Remembrance yesterday.

So here is my first ever Born This Way mashup – including Dua Lipa cos she said HELL NAW to playing Qatar and made clear she only would if they improved their human rights – sadly many others have taken the blood money, shame on them. And Sister Sledge as a nod to my roots and it featuring in The Birdcage movie – which I desperately wanted to use Gloria Gaynor’s I Am What I Am but couldn’t get it to work with anything, so this will have to do.

And yes despite the title, it is a collab between Instamatic and Captain Obvious! I am not totally sure about the Gaga vocal, it needs fixing in places, but it was such a faff to do, not sure when or if II’ll go back to it. Maybe nearer Pride next year.

Thanks to Ian Fondue for the Deelay recommendation, used that to good effect on both tracks

Instamatic vs Captain Obvious – We Are Physically Born This Way (Lady Gaga vs Dua Lipa vs Sister Sledge)

Instamtic - R.I.N.A. / This YMCA Hell (Rina Sawayama vs Village People) mashup cover disco pop

Also a bonus for another challenge – a Rina vs YMCA mash!

Well I started making this for Pride / my Crumplstock set, then while working on it I realised Pride is an emotion so fits this week’s Crumplbanger Discord challenge as pride is an emotion! And also the song includes a variety of emotions, defiance, resistance, anger, camp – is camp an emotion? This is the most proudly camp mashup I’ve done since Madonna vs Junior Vasquez or Scissor Sisters vs Madonna!

Thanks to Cecile DeMilla for introducing me to the Rina track.

Instamatic – R.I.N.A. / This YMCA Hell (Rina Sawayama vs Village People)

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons rainydaywordgame@0.5x

Trying something rather emotional MoodyMash with a rainy day breakup theme for the Crumplbanger Discord Film Music challenge.

More experimental downtempo and layered than my usual stuff, trying to push the tbc/downtempo stuff into interplay and more variety of sources – I mean Aphex, Burial, Scott Walker, Magnetic Fields AND Nina Simone? With MY reputation? And more inspired by the old Colatron snootlejams of old.

Oh it uses Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent) written for For All Mankind. a documentary film about the Apollo space missions. Also there aren’t many Magnetic Fields mashups at all – this uses All The Little Words, and far too fiew Burial and Nina Simone ones.

tbc aka Instamatic – Rainy Day Word Game (Scott Walker vs Magnetic Fields vs John Legend vs Brian Eno vs Burial vs Aphex Twin vs Nina Simone)

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons turquoise hexagon sun

Created for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge for ’emotional’ mashups, there aren’t enough folk mashups, especially with electronica, and I’m a massive Sandy Denny fan, which her Quiet Joys of Brotherhood was a Fairport Convention track originally but this is a later version with her solo….a paean to lost times where man was in sync with the land. And yes that is Greta Thunberg wandering in during the mix.

Big fan of Boards of Canada – and yes had a lot of fun quietly working a lot of hexagons in this video – my first real Davinci Resolve Fusion animations…woo! Learning a lot about the deeper features of Resolve, kind of why I am doing these videos to thoroughly learn the package as I tend to stick to editing and composite modes usually.

tbc aka Instamatic – Turquoise Blues For A Dying Planet (The Quiet Joys Of Hexagons) (Sandy Denny vs Boards of Canada)

tbc aka Instamatic - The FIrst And The Last Time (I Walk Away) (Roberta Flack vs Low).

BONUS – I missed this one. Low isn’t mashed much – if at all… and this has a real vibe. And given the recent death of Mimi Parker this mash has new and deeper meanings….

A cri de coeur; I love the HEY WHAT Low album especially ‘Don’t Walk Away’ – it has a lot of personal resonance for me, and the very experimental layered production. And Roberta Flack’s The First Time oddly works with it – the first flush of love with the last goodbye, so I made a mashup that has both, as a sort of call and response. The memory of what once was (intentionally Day Before You Came esque) and the call to try and save it, the probable ending.

Far from a happy pop banger; and won’t go near any frontpages any time soon, but it’s what I am feelimg.

tbc aka Instamatic – The FIrst And The Last Time (I Walk Away) (Roberta Flack vs Low).

Bootie Top 10 – Genesis vs U2 vs Negativland

Instamatic Still Haven't Thrown It All Away (Genesis vs U2 vs Negativland) mashup cover Bootie Top 10

I am seriously behind posting my mashups to my site and here – check my Sowndhaus page for the up-to-date latest releases, but this recent mashup made the Bootie Top 10 for June – surprised because it features Negativland, not the usually most ‘pop’ of artists (although they are popstars in my heart…) but the rest is very radio friendly.

It mixes Genesis with more memories of 1986 with ‘Throwing It All Away’ – one of my first albums was Invisible Touch and I still stand by that album – mixed with U2’s stadium-bothering I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and the lawyer-bothering ‘The Letter U and the Numeral 2’ acapella and ‘radio edit’ which U2 famously nuked and is a part of mashup/copyright history.

I even did a ‘booper’ radio version – I asked The Weatherman if I could use some of his booper and he said yes, so I took some bits to edit out the rudeness, still think those bits are too strange for radio, but Stranger Things have happened (see what I did there?)

Download: Still Haven’t Thrown It All Away (Genesis vs U2 vs Negativland) and Still Haven’t Thrown It All Away (Boopered Version)

Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes / Philip Glass Animals

A double shot of downtempo punnery again for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge – it’s the only reason I make mashups nowadays seemingly!

One Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes – a combo I am surprised has not been done before, and the clever pun of Philip Glass Animals, after the New York composer and the London artist.

tbc aka Instamatic  - Fleet (Wood Mac) Foxes (Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes) mashup downtempo soft rock bootleg bastard pop

Did someone say Fleetwood Mac? What would the Fox Say? Well he’d say Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes is the shiz. If rather horizontal.

Also some cultured Rime of the Ancient Mariner engravings by Gustav Dore as the artwork. Ooh fancy! If I ever do that Fleetwood Mac remix album I’ve been threatening for literal decades, this will be on it.

Fleetwood Mac Foxes (White Albatross) Fleetwood Mac – Albatross vs Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal


tbc aka Instamatic - Philip Glass Animals (Heatwaves In May) (Philip Glass & Paul Leonard-Morgan vs Glass Animals) mashup bootleg pun bastard pop downtempo soundtrack

And here is the Philip Glass vs Glass Animals downtempo mashup no-one was asking for! (Well the challenge did say genre clash was important, and nothing is more genre clash than modern classical /soundtrack vs EDM pop?).

Heatwaves is a surprising jam, with a very odd video about living and performing in a lockdown…yes the PTSD of that is basically staining all my work now, like a grain running through it all.

tbc aka Instamatic – Philip Glass Animals (Heatwaves In May) Glass Animals – Heatwaves Philip Glass & Paul Leonard-Morgan – Life of May (from Tales From The Loop)